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Born in the high Alpine village of Wagrain, Austria, in 1924, Konrad Juestel studied under the great Austrian expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka in the mid 1950s. During this time, he subscribed to Kokoschka's "School of Seeing" theory. This held that "visual art is a language of images, visible or tangible signs and a knowledge of images based on experience." It also asserted that the artist's vision becomes an experience shared by all humanity and existence, and that the content of visual art, in common with language should be expressed in recognizable forms in order to make it comprehensible. Subscribing to this theory of expressionism, Juestel traveled extensively through France, Italy and Switzerland, working primarily in watercolor.

In 1959, Juestel immigrated to the United States working initially in New York and Chicago. In addition to his talents as a painter, he applied his creative skills to a variety of areas including designing stained glass windows, theater sets, furniture design and mural work.

Since the late 1970s, Juestel has worked as a painter and freelance designer. From 1986 to 1988, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying printmaking, particularly the etching, lithography, silkscreen and monoprinting processes. This was a welcome return to media explored many years before in Austria and one Juestel has continued to embrace. Currently Juestel has his own studio in Valparaiso, Indiana, which is self-designed, built and furnished.

The Master Teacher: Konrad Juestel is a Sage Worth Seeking

Article which originally appeared in Arts Indiana, April 15, 1995

For more information concerning Juestel's artwork:

Konrad Juestel
338 E. Old Suman Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Tel: (219) 462-2348

Email: juestel@netnitco.net

Content � 2001 Konrad Juestel
Design � 2001 DCWI